Tory website calls to abolish Arb
Conservative Home says body is “useless, meddling bureaucracy”
An influential Conservative website has called for the abolition of the Arb.
Conservative Home, owned by former treasurer and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party Michael Ashcroft, posted an article on its site last week.
It outlined the functions of the Arb and went on to encourage members of the Conservative Party to apply to be lay members of the Arb’s board, which it believes is in the hands of “the left”, as well as calling for it to be abolished.
“There are two vacancies for lay members on the Public Appointments. The pay is £250 a day and the deadline is January 7th…we need Conservatives to apply for Quango posts - otherwise we are just surrendering power to the Left,” it said. “So please do apply. You might have some positive influence.”
In describing Arb’s role the website said: “So the Arb chase after people who call themselves architects - typically these are people who are architects in the sense of that being they do for a living but not in the bureaucratic sense as defined by the Arb. People like Renzo Piano. The Arb carries out this role at a cost of £3 million a year.
“So please do apply. You might have some positive influence.
“An even more positive outcome, however, would be for the government to abolish this useless, meddling bureaucracy.”